Includes variety of reports on different aspects of countries including political, economic, investment, and social overviews. Also provides country data such as GDP, employment, production, etc.
Click "Country Reports" in the right column.
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Europa World Year Book: A World Survey
Every country profile includes history, current event, statistics (area, population, economy, industry, finance, trade, transport, communications media, education), and directories of government, politics, society and media, and business and commerce. Available in print at 2 North Reference D 2 .E87
U.S. State Department site which contains information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. Included are facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States.
A database offering detailed reference information about economic policy for 161 countries. The results are presented in an easy-to-read list with comparable features and scores, as well as a detailed snapshot overview of economic information for each of the countries, for six years.
International Monetary Fund Reports on the economic and commercial conditions of specific countries in full text. Also check Country Info . The IMF site provides uptodate news sources for country specific information dealing with economics and trade.
"This Website is a one-stop resource for business and commercial information in Africa.... Profiles of 60 countries include very basic information such as population, government structure, and leading industries. MBendi also features comprehensive information on industries ranging from communications and information technology, to chemicals, to mining." The Scout Report [EM]
How many countries are there in the world?
According to About.com a pretty safe answer seems to be 196 even though there are only 192 members of the United Nations. Some confusion is caused by territories which are erroneously called countries, but are actually governed by other countries (e.g. Puerto Rico, Greenland).